Sep. 22, 2023

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol
In this Edition:
  •   Sign-up for my Upcoming Events
  •   House Archives Internship Opportunity
  •   Raising Cancer Awareness
  •   Public Input Requested for Broadband Expansion Program
  •   Out and About Photos
Sign-up for my Upcoming Events

Tea with Tom:

Couples who have been together for 30 years or longer are invited to join me on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at the South Hanover Township municipal building, 161 Patriot Way in Hershey. During the event we will enjoy tea and other light refreshments, celebrate your marital milestones, and discuss state programs and services available to those in attendance. Reservations are required due to limited seating. Please call 717-534-1323.

Veterans’ Breakfast:

Mark your calendar for my veterans’ appreciation breakfast on Friday, Nov. 3, from 8-10 a.m. at the Lower Swatara Fire Department, 1350 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown. This event is open to active-duty military personnel and veterans. Accommodations can be made for disabled attendees requiring assistance.

Seating is limited and registration is required online at or by calling the district office at 717-534-1323.

At the event, we will be collecting worn, torn and defaced U.S. flags for proper disposal. The Dauphin County Veterans Affairs Office is also scheduled to be on-hand to answer any questions, and the Dauphin County Recorder of Deeds office will be on-site to register discharge papers, DD214s, and issue cards for the county’s Veteran ID Discount Card program.
House Archives Internship Opportunity

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives Internship Program is currently accepting applications for the spring 2024 semester.

The 13-week internship is based at the Pennsylvania State Capitol and focuses on teaching archival processes and procedures. Interns also learn techniques for preparing and installing museum displays while working on rotating exhibits in the Capitol Complex. The internship has full- and part-time opportunities and is in-person only. Interns are compensated at a rate of $12 per hour.

At the time of the internship, students must be attending a college or university in Pennsylvania OR be a resident of Pennsylvania; be a second-semester junior, senior or graduate student; and have a GPA of at least 3.0.

For more information or to fill out the application, click here. Applications are due by Wednesday, Nov. 1.
Raising Cancer Awareness

Among many designations, the month of September is recognized as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month.

It is an important reminder for all Pennsylvanians, regardless of age, to be aware of changes in their health that may indicate the development of cancer or other illness or disease. The American Cancer Society offers valuable resources to help people educate themselves on cancer risks and symptoms at Of course, you are encouraged to consult with a doctor for a specific diagnosis.  
Public Input Requested for Broadband Expansion Program

The Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority (PBDA) is asking for public input about its Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program.

In August, the authority unanimously approved a multi-year plan key to securing more than $1 billion in federal resources to expand broadband access to hundreds of thousands of locations across the Commonwealth.

The plan, known as “Connecting the Commonwealth,” aims to bring affordable broadband access to unserved and underserved areas of Pennsylvania through measures such as expanding infrastructure across the Commonwealth, partnering with community-based institutions to provide digital literacy training, and strengthening existing affordability programs. Review the draft document here.  

To submit comments about the plan, click here.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Oct. 10.
Out and About Photos

United Steelworkers:

It was really nice meeting with the men and women of the United Steelworkers. Thank you for sharing your concerns and allowing me to answer your questions; but most of all, thank you for the job you do!

Pennsylvania Deer Farmers Association:

It was a great opportunity to visit with the Pennsylvania Deer Farmers Association (PDFA) last week. Thursday and Friday, the PDFA gathered to hear about many topics in their industry such as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and its impact.

Active Shooter Safety Seminar:

Thank you to Sgt Tony Clements, Derry Township Police Department, for sharing best practices to be followed should an active shooter situation arise. The recent Active Shooter Safety Seminar, which I hosted at the Hummelstown Chemical Fire Company was greatly appreciated by all in attendance. Great job, Tony, and thank you to the Hummelstown Chemical Fire Company for their hospitality.

WMSS Radio 91.1:

Thank you, John, for the opportunity to speak with you.

I was on WMSS radio 91.1 (, with John Wilsbach, Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m.!

Karen Cullings

Congratulations to Karen Cullings on her retirement after 31 years with the Dauphin County Library System!

It was a pleasure to work with you while I served on the Dauphin County Library Board!

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Education

Wednesday, Sept. 20, I had the great opportunity to join the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration for the Catherine Hershey School for Early Learning, Hershey!

The first of six Catherine Hershey Schools centers to be opened over the next five years; it features state-of-the-art classrooms, a STEM Garden, Innovation Studio and so much more!